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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.                 287

October 2nd, 1801.

I send you poor Count d'Alet's letter: this
may be tinsel, but it is a little oil poured on the
stormy sea of the mind, and soothes one for a
moment.

A gazette extraordinary informs us that the
preliminaries of peace between Great Britain and
the French Republic were signed last night, by
Lord Hawkesbury and Mr. Otto. Menou has
accepted the capitulation for Alexandria. Upon
this, Bonaparte gave way, and sent over moderate
terms. All I can guess is, that Malta will be
free, either given back to the Order, or made a
republic. Tom will be upon the pave, but safe,
which is now what I care most about.

November

Alas! just so it blew this day twelvemonth.
It is a perfect hurricane — tiles and chimneys
tumbling about.

I have received yours, in which you advise me
to apply to my friend Dick—I suppose you must
mean Nick; for I declare I know of no Dick but
Sir John, and I could not expect anything through
him.